As a wet-behind-the-ears landscape architect in a two-person firm in east Louisville, I was thrust quickly into face-to-face involvement with clients and their projects. I learned swiftly that solving the unique site challenges of a given project are secondary only to the challenges of serving people, that is, the owners and users of the environments I help create. The people involved in a given project have their own unique personalities, preferences, visions, and needs that must be served.
To serve those needs, landscape architects must understand the communion between people, buildings, and the land, including all its natural systems.
While helping owners develop environments wherein people can live, work, find enjoyment, and prosper, responsible landscape architects also strive to be stewards of the land. As an avid fly-fisherman and outdoorsman, I count on others to create and protect environments where I can fish and explore. In each client endeavor, I have a similar responsibility to do the same for the environments I help my clients craft.
I enjoy creating unique streetscapes and plazas where people can experience nature in a built environment; for example, the University of Louisville Freedom Park Improvement. On a grander scale, I am proud of Qk4’s role in The Parklands of Floyds Fork. At 2,700 acres, The Parklands is one of the largest and most successful recent urban parks projects in the world.
Today, after many office moves, I now work less than a block away from where I began my journey as a landscape architect 30 years ago. No longer wet-behind-the-ears, I am a shareholder, Senior Vice President, and a member of the Board of Directors of Qk4. In my role as a leader here, I help create an environment where people can work, prosper, and feel like family. I believe that we succeed in creating a communion of people and work…and I am proud of that.